October 28

WFMU: A Terrifying Fundraising Challenge!

wfmu-jim-floraWFMU, the world’s greatest freeform radio station, needs our help! For decades the station has been home to Nachum Segal and the JM in the AM show, but now that show, and its financial supporters, are leaving WFMU in December. This leaves a huge whole in the station’s funding, so they are this month hosting a ‘silent’ fundraiser in order to raise money to fill the hole that JM in the AM’s leaving puts them in.

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October 9

The Friday Song: ‘Any Way You Wanta’ by Harvey

harvey-any-way-you-wantaWell would you look at that, it’s Friday! Another end to another long work week (even though in this day and age the concept of the ‘work week’ seems somewhat antiquated…with technology, we work all weekend long, am I right? We’re always ON, but that’s a rant for another time.) On Fridays, I like to pay as little attention to the news as possible…it’s all bad anyway.

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September 25

Hello? Anybody Out There?: Human Radio Broadcasts in the Vastness of Space

radio-antennaThe opening scene of the 1997 film ‘Contact,’ based on the writings of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, is one of my very favorite opening scenes ever (you can watch it below if you’ve never seen it)… It starts with a shot of Earth, from a low orbit, with the soundtrack filled with the deafening wall of sound that is our modern technology-driven society. Through the din you can make out bits of radio broadcasts, hit songs (1997 hit songs, that is), newscasts, TV shows, and so on. It’s an amazing representation of just how much stuff we’re beaming out from Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, non-stop, here in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. Since 1997, we’ve only multiplied the various kinds of signals we’re blasting into space and bouncing off of satellites and back down to earth; not just radio and TV signals, but cell phone calls, text messages, emails, photos, movies, music…

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